Identity Malta has launched a temporary work permit scheme authorising foreign workers to start work in Malta as soon as they have their single permit application accepted. The scheme will come into effect from Monday 16 July.
As soon as the applicant submits their documents, has their biometric reading taken, and the employer notifies Jobsplus about their employment, they will be able to start working immediately, without waiting for weeks to receive the final go-ahead.
The police and Jobsplus will be running verification checks on each application before the applicant is even in Malta. In the case that the prerequisites for the permit n are not met, the process will stop immediately. This temporary permit is not valid for travelling.
“The fact that the Maltese economy is growing at an unprecedented rate, and unemployment is at an all-time low presents new challenges for our country, particularly in the labour market,” Parliamentary Secretary Julia Farrugia Portelli said, stating that through this new procedure, the pressure on the labour market would ease, and the chances of foreign workers coming to Malta to work without authorisation would be reduced.
In the coming weeks, Identity Malta will also be launching a new platform allowing employers to apply for the work permit on behalf of foreign workers who are still out of the country, in order to expedite the process even further.